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Perry is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Perry family lived in Hampshire. Their name, however, is a reference to the Old English word perie, meaning pear tree, and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived near such a landmark. [1] "A branch came to England [in] 1066, and Matilda de Perer was mother of Hugo Parcarius, who lived temp Henry I." [2]

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The surname Perry was first found in Hampshire where they were originally descended from Norman Perree who was granted lands in Hampshire and recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 as a tenant in chief [3], the name also appeared on the Roll of Battell Abbey. [4] From this earliest record, the family moved throughout Britain. Henry de Peri (de Piri) was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Staffordshire in 1176 and then in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire in 1199. Richard Pirie was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Kent in 1198 and William de la Purie was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1243. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Walter atte-Pyrie in Oxfordshire; Roger de la Peyre in Cambridgeshire; and Richard de la Pirie in Oxfordshire. [1] By the 16th century, some of the family had moved to Scotland as seen by Donal Pery who was tenant of Uthircloy, Ardmanoch in 1504. [5]

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Perry has been recorded under many different variations, including Perry, Perrie and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perry research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1381, 1392 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Perry History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Perry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Perry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Perrys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Perry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Isaac Perry settled in Salem in 1631
  • Isaac Perry, who landed in Massachusetts in 1633
  • Thomas Perry who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Elizabeth and Edward Perry settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Francis Perry, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637


Perry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Christian Perry, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Eben Perry settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767 with his wife and two children
  • Jack Perry, aged 18, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1775

Perry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jane Perry, aged 30, arrived in America in 1821
  • Howland Perry, aged 4, landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • Hugh Perry, aged 6, arrived in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • Bernard Perry, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1831
  • George Perry, who arrived in New York in 1835


Perry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • James Perry, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Henry Perry, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ebenezer Perry, who landed in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. Samuel Perry Jr., U.E. born in Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA from Parmintown, USA who arrived at Sorel [Sorel-Tracy], Quebec c. 1781, then resettled in 1784 New Carlisle, Paspebiac, Baie des Chaleurs, Gaspe, Quebec he enlisted in 1777 serving in Jessup's Rangers with Kings Loyal Americans Regiment
  • Mr. John Perry U.E. who arrived in Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783, then relocated to Saint John, New Brunswick was passenger number 35 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA, he died in 1803


Perry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Perry, who landed in Canada in 1833
  • Samuel Perry, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Elder Perry, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834

Perry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Margaret Perry, British convict from Britain, who was transported aboard the "Alexander" on November 4, 1815, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Benjamin Perry, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Eden Perry, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Walter Perry, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • William Perry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenalvon" in 1838


Perry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • A. Perry arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clydeside" in 1841
  • Ann Perry, aged 24, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • B. P. Perry arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tobago" in 1842
  • Charles Perry arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Thomas Perry arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1851


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  • Jim Perry (1933-2015), born James Edward Dooley, an American television game show host, singer, announcer, and performer
  • Bobby Jack "Bob" Perry (1932-2013), American homebuilder, owner of Perry Homes, Houston, Texas
  • Jacquelin Perry M.D. (1918-2013), American physician who made major contributions to the fields of post-polio syndrome and gait analysis
  • William James Perry (b. 1927), U.S. Secretary of Defense (1994-97) and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • James Richard "Rick" Perry (b. 1950), American politician, 47th Governor of Texas
  • Charles Owen Perry (1929-2011), American sculptor
  • Frank J. Perry (1930-1995), American stage and film director, producer and screenwriter
  • Fred Perry (1909-1995), American (English born) tennis player and winner of three consecutive Wimbledon Championships between 1934 and 1936
  • Edward A Perry (1831-1889), American politician, 14th Governor of Florida
  • William Sanford "Bill" Perry (1957-2007), American blues musician

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  • Dibblee-Perry and Allied Families by Alice Izalle Dibblee Conlon.
  • The Family Tree of Daniel Perry, 1704-1970 by Hubert L. Perry.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Recte agens confido
Motto Translation: While acting uprightly I am confident.

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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Perry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Perry Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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